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The First Look: Barbasol Championship

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The Barbasol Championship makes its debut as a jointly sanctioned event with the DP World Tour, sporting a field made up of players from both the PGA TOUR and the European circuit.

COUNTRYSIDE GRADES: Former Barbasol champions Jim Herman, Grayson Murray and Aaron Baddeley are playing at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky… Matti Schmid, a German who won the Henry Cotton Award last year for DP World Tour Rookie of the Year, return to known territory. He played college golf at the University of Louisville. His amateur career included back-to-back European Amateur wins and low amateur honors at last year’s Open Championship. …Local legend Josh Teater, a Kentucky native about 40 minutes from Keene Trace, is on the field on a sponsor waiver. Teater, the pride of Morehead State, is one of several golfers who have ties to Kentucky, whether in high school or otherwise, on the course… There will be 50 spots available for DP World Tour members to launch into to Kentucky. Those spots go from the top 50 players available from the DP World Tour category rankings to a Category 17 floor… Chase Hanna, a 2016 All-American at Kansas, will make his PGA TOUR debut. He is currently ranked 35th on the DP World Tour… If Taylor Pendrith wasn’t unlucky, he wouldn’t be lucky at all. After posting a solid T13 at THE PLAYERS Championship, it was discovered that he had broken a rib. Pendrith was preparing to return to the John Deere Classic last week but tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw. He is ready to (finally) make his return to Keene Trace. … Other DP World Tour representatives include Lucas Bjerregaard, who defeated Tiger Woods in the 2019 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play quarterfinals; Oliver Wilson, a member of the European Team that played in the 2008 Ryder Cup in Kentucky; George Coetzee, who has won 10 times worldwide and is a former top 50 player in the world, and Julian Suri, a Floridian who played at Duke before winning on both the European Challenge Tour and the DP World Tour.

FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 300 FedExCup points.

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GRADE: Keene Trace Golf Club (Champions), 7,328 yards, par 72. The 1987 Arthur Hills layout will host the PGA TOUR for the fourth time. Located just south of Lexington, Kentucky, Keene Trace is one of the highest-ranked courses in the state. Along the rolling hills of central Kentucky, the drama of the Keene Trace reaches its apex at the par 4, a spectacular finish built around the edge of a lake. Seventy-six bunkers will challenge some of the best on TOUR, while the large greens could leave long putts behind for players who are not precise with their iron game.

ARGUMENTS: The winner of the Barbasol Championship, if not already qualified, will earn the final spot at The Open Championship… For the first time, the Barbasol Championship will be played as a sanctioned event in conjunction with the DP World Tour. While many TOUR winners, including two previous FedExCup champions, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas, will be participating, keep an eye out for the international stars who crossed the pond to play on the PGA TOUR this week… With only four weeks left in the PGA TOUR season after the Barbasol Championship, this is a key time for the guys in the FedExCup bubble to earn some valuable FedExCup points. Max McGreevy is one such golfer: He was ranked 126th in the FedExCup standings, just one point behind No. 125, entering Deere.

72 HOLE RECORD: 262, Jim Herman (2019)

18 HOLE REGISTRATION: 61, Kelly Kraft (3rd round, 2019)

LAST TIME: Seamus Power captured his first PGA TOUR title in a six-hole playoff. Poston was in the driver’s seat for most of Sunday’s finish at Kentucky until he double bogeyed on the par-5 15th hole and followed it up with a three-putt bogey on the next hole. Power shot a five-under 67 in the final round to Poston’s two-under 70. The pair played the No. 18 four times and the No. 9 twice in the tiebreaker, but Poston hit his drive on the extra sixth hole into the water and missed. Don’t rush to match Power’s torque. Anirban Lahiri and Sam Ryder shot through Sunday’s rounds, 7-under-par 65s, and came within a shot of the playoff. They finished tied for third place. Six golfers finished tied for fifth place, including Mito Pereira in just his third TOUR appearance since he earned PGA TOUR status through a three-win promotion to the Korn Ferry Tour. Power is now comfortably in the top 50 in the world after ranking outside the top 400 through May 2021.


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TV: Thursday-Saturday, 4 pm-7 pm ET (Golf Channel). Sunday, 15:00-18:00 (Golf Channel).

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